What is the Global Read Aloud?
About the Project
How does this work?
The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now with five years under our belt and more than 1,00,000 connections made in 60 different countries, we realize we are on to something larger than us so we look forward to continuing the global connections.
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. In the past we have used Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Tackk, and any other tools we can think of to make these connections. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.
How much does it cost?
The Global Read Aloud is free, it always has been, and always will be. If you would like to be a sponsor for the project and help me, please contact me to discuss.
How do I sign up?
To sign up, go here
How are books chosen?
To see how books are chosen, please read this blog post
Do I have to be a teacher to participate?
No, not at all, but you do want to read the book aloud to someone since that is the experience we are sharing. So maybe your grandchildren would like to be part of this or another group of kids. Please join us.
Do my students have to share?
Preferably yes, however, sometimes just reading other students’ ideas and thoughts can be a form of sharing. So if you feel uncomfortable sharing first, read the discussion and jump in when you are comfortable.
How old should my students be?
We have a picture book study for our youngest students and then other books to choose from. We have K through college participate starting in 2014. Whichever book you decide to participate in is truly up to you. You know your kids/students and whether the book is suitable for them. Don’t dismiss the project because the books may seem too easy, it is about the connections you make.
What about information for this year ?
For information about this year, please click here.
This is meant to make the world a little smaller, to open our eyes to the rest of the world and look at all of our shared experiences. How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.
Is this really global?
Yes! Since its inception we have had more than 1,000,000 students from more than 60 different countries participate!
About the Books
How can I submit my own book to be a contender?
For authors, to submit your book as a contender, go here
What are the past books that have been used?
To see past books, go here
Are authors always involved?
No, not always. Every year since Katherine Applegate chose to get involved, I reach out to the authors’ whose books are chosen and ask if they have time. Some do and some don’t. I am incredibly grateful to the authors that take the time to be a part of the project as it enriches the experience tenfold for participants, but I do not pick books based on that criteria alone. Sometimes incredible books are written by incredible authors that lead very busy lives, and that is okay too. What matters is that we have the amazing books to read aloud and share.
During the Project
What technology can we use to connect?
Anything that you have access to. One of the strengths of the project is that you do not need to use a specific type of technology to be a part of it, in fact, you can even choose to not use technology and use regular mail to connect with someone. All that matters is that you connect with someone.
To see great ideas of what to do during the project, go here
How do I find someone to connect with?
In the summer, I set up an Edmodo group for all facilitators. People then post “Connections Wanted” posts on there and find someone to connect with. For those that choose to not go on Edmodo, I create a Google Doc as well that you can submit information to and then view what other people have submitted for. You can then reach out to each other and facilitate your connection.
While I do not generally facilitate connections, please contact me if you are having problems finding someone to connect with. I can usually help.
Where do we share?
Anywhere you want. We have our Twitter hashtag for sharing, our Facebook page, as well as our wiki, but people find they share best wherever they feel most comfortable.
What is the hashtag on Twitter for this year?
Every year the hashtag on Twitter is #GRA and then the year so this year it is #GRA16. Individual books will also have their own hashtags but those will not be created until the books have all been chosen.
How do I contact you?
Either through the contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Is behind this?
Pernille Ripp, a 7th grade teacher teaching in Oregon, Wisconsin started this project in the summer of 2010 because she wanted to expand her global collaboration. Since then more than 10,000 facilitators and 500,000 students have chosen to dedicate time to the project making it bigger and better every year.